Shelby County, OH Warrants and Arrest Records

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The police file a formal affidavit for the issue of an active arrest warrant with a local criminal court in Shelby County, OH, once they are reasonably sure of the culpability of an individual. However, it is up to the court to ascertain probable cause to support such an assumption.

So, all complaints submitted for arrest warrants are carefully deliberated on before the sitting magistrate signs these orders putting them into effect. However, once issued, there is simply no going back for the person against whom the order has been released. Even if such an arrest order cannot be served for some reason, it merely gets stored in the police database as an outstanding arrest warrant.

As you can imagine, given the sheer weight of such an order, numerous agencies in the legal and justice labyrinth hold information on arrest records. Fortunately, for people interested in a warrant search, this means faster access to relevant details.

In Shelby County, you can approach the sheriff’s office when looking for information on warrant records. The department works out of 555 Gearhart Rd, Sidney, Ohio 45365. They also offer other means of contact; you can fax your inquiries to 937-498-7845. Alternatively, you can check the most wanted list on


Can you get any information pertaining to Shelby County warrants and arrests over the phone? (2021-Update)

  • To know about recent arrests: Call the Shelby County Jail at 937-498-7831.
  • To find out about outstanding warrants and request access to arrest records: Call the Records Office at 937-494-2118.
  • To access inmate records: Get in touch with the Jail Lieutenant at 937-494-2106.
  • To know about the investigation of a criminal case filed by you: Call the Detectives Unit at 937-494-2117.
  • To get general information or to file a non-emergency complaint: Call the Sheriff’s dispatch phone number- 937-498-1111.
  • To know more about accessing criminal court records: Contact the Clerk’s Office at 937-498-7221.


Crime Statistics of Shelby County

The Shelby Sheriff’s Office handled 143 criminal complaints in 2019, compared to 940 in 2018. Of these, 131 were property offenses and 12 were violent offenses. The reported crimes included: 97 larceny thefts, 27 burglaries, and 7 auto thefts, 9 aggravated assaults, 1 rape, and 1 robbery.

While you are going through a criminal search process, try the county clerk’s office at 129 E. Court Street, Sidney, Ohio 45365, and the magistrate’s court at 100 E Court St, Sidney, OH 45365. These judicial agencies maintain the court dockets, which have information on criminal matters and civil cases.

Between 2002 and 2006, there has been a significant decrease in property crimes, as figures plunged across all subcategories. The burglary came down to 12 incidents per annum from the 50 plus occurrences reported four years earlier. However, the biggest shocker was larceny that plunged from 165 to reach just about 70 incidents per annum. Despite these positive trends, there has been a slight increase in violent felonies like homicide and rape.

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